|Posted by rachelhandler76 on August 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM||comments (1)|
Our technology is disabled, not me.
I went to college for musical theatre and voice performance. I graduated and worked at regional theaters and did a few Off-Off Broadway productions. And then I lost my leg when I was driving to an audition.
I’m an actor/singer/dancer/musician/comedian. And I happen to wear a prosthetic leg. Does that make me a disabled actor?...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on July 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM||comments (1)|
As someone who has had to use crutches for almost a year of her life, and will now have to use a prosthetic leg for the rest of her life, I think I can safely say that there is one phrase we crutch-using folks or prosthetic leg wearers really despise. That phrase is a simple, two word question that will make us want to punch you in the face. “What happened?”
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|Posted by rachelhandler76 on March 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM||comments (1)|
I decided to try a VLOG instead of a BLOG. I'm not sure how I feel about VLOGS. I think they come off as a little cocky sometimes. But I wanted to try it because I thought it may reach more people than most of my other blog posts. I think a common misconception about amputees is that once we've healed from the initial surgery, we can walk with a prosthetic leg and be done with the struggle. This could not be farther from the truth and I hope society can watch my video and un...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on November 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM||comments (3)|
I’m finally buying NICE shoes. Not DSW or Famous Footwear, or…Payless. I’m treating my feet with the respect they deserve and it’s starting to feel (and look) amazing. When I got my prosthetic leg I thought I was confined to a life of sneakers and yoga pants. Lately I’ve been venturing away from the sneakers, though they are undoubtedly the most comfortable of all my shoes. A girl’s just gotta change it up!
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|Posted by rachelhandler76 on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (1)|
As I lay in bed, the scent of fresh flowers wafts through the air. I am relaxed and at peace. These beautiful flowers in my room were given in celebration of the premiere of my one woman show, “Inspiration Whore.” But that scent sparks a vivid memory of my hospital room last March. I remember the nurses saying, “We love coming to your room because it smells like a garden!” At the time I didn’t even think about the smell, I just liked looking...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on March 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
On March 3, 2012 I was hit by a car and lost my left leg below the knee. On March 2, 2013 I started travelling to NYC, land of public transportation and walking. The past year has been a roller coaster. There were weeks, actually months, when I didn’t think this time would come. But now that I’m auditioning again, it feels like I never stopped.
My dad whisp...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on January 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (1)|
I cried yesterday. Those tears had nothing and everything to do with my leg.
Yesterday a 12 year old girl was killed standing in the median of an interstate after the car she was in was involved in an accident. This story sounds a...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on November 6, 2012 at 1:25 AM||comments (2)|
It’s a scary word. In past blog posts I’ve written about my own fears, but now it’s time to talk about yours.
Well ok, I’m generalizing. I’ll call the following a societal fear.
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|Posted by rachelhandler76 on September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
Before March 3, 2012 I lead a pretty typical life, some might say, “normal.” It was great, fun and just a little crazy! In an instant my life changed forever. I will never feel “normal” again, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
When my leg was amputated I not only changed physically, but also emotionall...Read Full Post »
|Posted by rachelhandler76 on August 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
In my last blog post I wrote about overcoming fear. Lately I've been realizing that fear is no longer an issue in my life! However, feeling uncomfortable has become a daily occurrence. I've experienced a traumatic event and endured so much discomfort, so now, to put myself in an uncomfortable situation on purpose seems ridiculous! Yet, I must, because my version of an uncomfortable situation is different from most...driving is uncomfortable, but I do it. Goin...Read Full Post »